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Espresso Maker Suggestions

zwiller

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I forgot all that I read but seems like the Virtuo was the one to get. For me, I REALLY tight on counter space and only way to get this on mine is the tiny Essenza Mini and have in my Amazon cart and would actually pull the trigger but out of stock.
 

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I went ahead and one. Also got a milk frother. May get a kettle.
Yeah, I figured it's inexpensive enough to try, and looks like it's great for camping and traveling.

My wife drinks a lot of hot water, so I got her this a few months ago so she doesn't need to use our very noisy microwave: amazon" style="max-width:120px">Probably overkill$ for you, but it works well for her, and my son makes tea with it. I figure it will work well for the Aeropress.
 

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So I think you talked me into this. Thanks to everyone for the help.
I ordered one last night - arriving today :)
You'll like it. Simple and fast!
I've been using the same one for 5-6 years daily and it works just as well as it did when I got it. The only thing that can go wrong with it
is the gasket wearing out and I've had a spare sitting in the junk drawer for years. I use the inverted method because it does seem like the
coffee tastes better. I don't weigh the coffee (just use a full scoop) or wet the filter because I pretty much just want my coffeee NOW! I just
add the coffee, fill the tube with water, stir for 20-30 seconds, flip over and press.
https://samplecoffee.com.au/brewguides/inverted-aeropress
 

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They are fast , cheap and easy, just how I like them.
 

zwiller

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I watched the video and would say that is about equal the amount of "work" to do espresso. That thing lots like PITA to clean too. I did not clean my machine after every use but around every other month but we didn't use the frother. We basically made cafe americanos. I forgot but there is a pod system for the Gaggia too. Might bust mine out this weekend after all the talk here.
 

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I watched the video and would say that is about equal the amount of "work" to do espresso. That thing lots like PITA to clean too. I did not clean my machine after every use but around every other month but we didn't use the frother. We basically made cafe americanos. I forgot but there is a pod system for the Gaggia too. Might bust mine out this weekend after all the talk here.
I have a Bialetti. This guy is really over thinking this and making it way too labor intensive. True, don't tamp the grounds. It's not that difficult.
 

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Good pick with the Nespresso. Been using one and the frother for 7 years. Straight forward, easy and consistent. For the milk I've settled in on using Simply Truth Organic 2%. Seems that milk can be a variable in making froth. And BTW, the wire whisk in the frother I modified by cutting out 2/3's of the wire so the amount of froth it created works perfectly for the type of latté I prefer.
 

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I used to fly a private jet that had a Nespresso machine in it. Worked very well.
 

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Slowly figuring out how to use this Aeropress to make my cuban coffee. I almost just bought a machine but decide need to give this a chance. I like the fact that can make a little bigger cup. I only make 2 or 3 a week. I just put the small wand in frother and think lI ike it better. To much foam with big one. Still working on temp and coffee amount but once I get it figured out I think this will do.
 

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Good choice on the Nespresso. It's the distinct character of espresso but a notch above with the way it puts crema (not milk froth) on top.
I have this old Braun from decades ago and it's still going strong...although there's no way I'd pay $200 for a used one to replace it if it fails. (BTW many coffee maker failures are just the temp switches and can be easily repaired.) I like grinding my own beans for the old fashioned espresso machines but the Nespresso really is worth getting addicted to someone else's packaging. And trust me, the foil Nespresso pouches keep the coffee surprisingly fresh. Nothing like the dreaded plastic K-cups!

ADDENDUM: Well now, This looks interesting:
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